San Francisco, CA, August 14, 2012 …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today objected to an advertisement from an anti-Muslim group as “highly offensive and inflammatory,” but said it is clearly protected political speech under the First Amendment.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group headed by the anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller, recently placed MUNI ads that stated, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” and then between two Stars of David had the words, “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

“The Anti-Defamation League strongly objects to this message of intolerance. ADL believes these ads are highly offensive and inflammatory.  Pro-Israel doesn’t mean anti-Muslim.  And support for Israel is not built on bigoted anti-Muslim and anti-Arab stereotypes. At the same time, ADL consistently maintains that censorship is not the answer to hate speech. The League supports the free speech guarantees embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, understanding that the best way to combat hateful speech is with more speech.”

For more information, please contact ADL at 415-981-3500.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.